NHIAA Boys' Basketball: Londonderry's Stanton wins at his old school
Salem's Reed Grubbs tries to get around Londonderry's Jacob Coleman during the first half of their game at Salem High School Friday. (/Union Leader)
Not only did Stanton play at Salem (he graduated in 2004), he spent the last two seasons as an assistant under Salem head coach Rob McLaughlin.
“First time being in this locker room,” Stanton said. “It was exciting. I knew they would be pumped up to play us since I left for Londonderry. And my guys were ready too. They really wanted to beat them.”
Salem, which held Londonderry to six points in the third quarter, fell to 5-8. The Blue Devils had trouble against Londonderry’s press in the first half after point guard Michael Felix went to the bench with his second foul.
McLaughlin’s relationship with Stanton dates back to when he coached Stanton during his freshman year at Salem.
Felix led Salem with 16 points. The Blue Devils received a 13-point performance from Timothy Dodier.
“He’s got a bunch of different options and he’s using them all well,” he said. “If they’re shooting it well they can give anybody a run on any given night. I wish the best for him — as long as it’s not against us.”